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Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits for Projects that Benefit Residents in Eligible Communities

Program and Small Capital Grants


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Geographic Focus
USA: Massachusetts: Suffolk, Norfolk, Bristol, Plymouth, Barnstable, Middlesex and Essex

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/01/23 - Deadline for Arts & Culture and Health Care proposals Save

Grant Description
Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations for programs and capital projects that benefit residents in eligible communities. Projects and programs must align with the following funding priorities: education, healthcare, arts and culture, youth and amateur athletics, conservation and wildlife, and human services. Programs must benefit residents in Eastern Massachusetts, including the following cities and towns within the following counties: Suffolk, Norfolk, Bristol, Plymouth, Barnstable, Middlesex, and Essex.

Program and Small Capital Grants support high-impact, strategic, and innovative nonprofit organizations in delivering on their core missions.

Program and Small Capital Grants may fund programming, one small project, or a piece of equipment aligned with a nonprofit’s purpose. These grants are extremely competitive, and the Yawkey Foundation will receive many more compelling Initial Proposals than it will be able to fund. Initial Proposals should demonstrate an awareness of and alignment to the Yawkey Foundation’s mission and Areas of Giving. Additionally, the most competitive Initial Proposals will reflect a nonprofit’s strong leadership and proven impact in providing direct services and programs for unmet needs in underserved regions aligned with the Yawkey Foundation’s geographic priority areas, including Gateway Cities in Eastern Massachusetts.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The Yawkey Foundation seeks to support 501(c)3 tax-exempt nonprofit organizations (fiscal sponsors acceptable) making a meaningful difference in the lives of individuals, families and communities. Yawkey Foundation’s geographic priority area include Gateway Cities in Eastern Massachusetts.

The Yawkey Foundation does not fund the following:
- Organizations that are not tax-exempt under IRS Section 501(c)3 or 509(a)(3) Type III
- The Foundation does not provide funding exclusively for specific positions (or portions thereof), nor salaries to recruit/engage specific employees or staff persons, especially where there is no indication of sustainable support other than from the Foundation. It is recommended that project budgets accompanying Initial Proposals do not include salaries or related items such as fringe, insurance) and request funding for other program or capital needs.
- Funding for emergency response, events, conferences, sponsorships, advertisements, travel, monuments, memorials, individual requests/benefit
- Funder collaboratives, private foundations, and general endowments
- Public school districts, public and charter schools, government agencies, community/economic development corporations, political campaigns, lobbying and cause-marketing
- Religious organizations for sectarian purposes (but will fund non-religious programs of faith-based organizations)
- Athletic programs specific to individual towns, districts or counties
- Scholarships for elementary, middle and secondary schools
- International organizations and international programs “pass-through” funds

Pre-Application Information
There are four submission periods for Program & Small Capital Grant Initial Proposals, aligned with the specific Area of Giving categories.

- Youth & Amateur Athletics (December 1, 2022 – January 1, 2023)
- Human Services (March 1, 2023 – April 1, 2023)
- Education (May 1, 2023 – June 1, 2023)
- Conservation & Wildlife (May 1, 2023 – June 1, 2023)
- Arts & Culture (August 1, 2023 – September 1, 2023)
- Health Care (August 1, 2023 – September 1, 2023)

Nonprofits may submit only one Initial Proposal to the Yawkey Foundation in the course of a calendar year, irrespective of the Type of Grant. It is suggested, though not required, that organizations which have not been previously funded by the Foundation submit Initial Proposals for Program & Small Capital Grants as a way to familiarize the Foundation with its work.

The timeframe for reviewing Program & Small Capital Grant Initial Proposals in order to determine which nonprofits will be invited to submit a Grant Application is between 90-120 days. The Yawkey Foundation is unable to provide feedback during the review period, and will reach out to a nonprofit should further information be required for the Initial Proposal.

Guidelines for Initial Proposals:
Guidelines and Eligibility:

Estimated Size of Grant
Grant amounts are up to $100,000, most often paid over one year.

Term of Contract
Grants are most often paid over one year.

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Yawkey Foundation
990 Washington Street, Suite 315
Dedham, WA 02026

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